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Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 3:51pm
Oakland Museum of California Hosts Teddy Bear Pop-up Market with Bears for Humanity Friday, Dec. 4
100% Organic, American-Made Teddy Bears Purchased at Museum Will Support Teddy Bear Donations to Patients at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, OMCA Store pop-up market at Friday Nights @ OMCA features half-off Museum admission, Off the Grid food trucks, live music, and more

(OAKLAND, CA)—The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) will host a pop-up holiday market on Friday, December 4, from 5 to 9 pm, featuring Bears for Humanity, a 100% organic, American-made, socially conscious teddy bear company. Featuring a Buy One Give One model, each teddy bear purchased at OMCA on December 4 will support the donation of a teddy bear to a young patient at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. Visitors to the pop-up market can also enjoy Friday Nights @ OMCA, the popular late-night weekly event featuring gourmet Off the Grid food trucks, live music, DJs, dancing, half-off gallery admission, and more, including December’s special family activity, including a free holiday card-making art activity.

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OMCA Store Pop-up: Bears for Humanity
Friday, December 4, 2015, 5–9 pm
Can a teddy bear change the world? Find out how at a special OMCA Store pop-up market featuring Bears for Humanity! A Union City-based organization, Bears for Humanity is one of the only 100% certified organic toy companies in the US. For every Teddy Bear sold, one is given to a child in a need. Visit the Friday Nights @ OMCA pop-up shop and pick out your very own bear, with special OMCA accessories! For every bear sold, a bear will be donated to the young patients of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland. On Fridays after 5 pm, Museum visitors enjoy half-off admission to Museum Galleries during Friday Nights @ OMCA, featuring Off the Grid food trucks, live music, family activities, and more.

ABOUT FRIDAY NIGHTS @ OMCA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) presents Friday Nights @ OMCA, a regular evening series every Friday from 5 to 9 pm, in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA—the first major food truck market in the East Bay. Friday Nights @ OMCA features extended Museum hours, in-gallery programming, a beer garden from Blue Oak café, live music, dancing, hands-on family activities, and more. Gallery admission is half-off for adults, free for ages 18 and under. Event parking in the Museum garage is $5. Presented in partnership with Off the Grid: Lake Merritt @ OMCA.  Friday Nights @ OMCA is made possible in part by generous support from Bank of America and the Koret Foundation. Friday Nights @ OMCA art programs are made possible by generous support from the Walter and Elise Haas Fund. Makers & Tasters Series sponsored by Whole Foods Market on final Fridays in 2015.

ABOUT BEARS FOR HUMANITY
A Bay Area-based organization, Bears for Humanity is one of the only 100% certified organic toy companies in the US. All the bears are built locally in the Union City by employees trained through California’s welfare-to-work program, CalWorks, with manufacturing help from socially conscious manufacturers abroad. The bears, which are naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic, are made with 100% organic cotton and hemp. For every teddy Bear sold, one is given to a child in a need.

ABOUT THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA
The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA's groundbreaking exhibits tell the many stories that comprise California with many voices, often drawing on first-person accounts by people who have shaped California's cultural heritage. Visitors are invited to actively participate in the Museum as they learn about the natural, artistic and social forces that affect the state and investigate their own role in both its history and its future. With more than 1.9 million objects, OMCA is a leading cultural institution of the Bay Area and a resource for the research and understanding of California's dynamic cultural and environmental heritage.

VISITOR INFORMATION
Museum admission is $15.95 general; $10.95 seniors and students with valid ID, $6.95 youth ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under and Members. OMCA offers onsite underground parking, with validation for Museum visitors, and is conveniently located one block from the Lake Merritt BART station, on the corner of 10th Street and Oak Street. The accessibility ramp is located at the new 1000 Oak Street main entrance. Regular hours are 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am to 9 pm Fridays.

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